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Cataracts by the Numbers

AARP and Alcon present:

THE TRUTH

ABOUT

CATARACTS

It’s just a fact of life

As you age, the lenses in your eyes become cloudy, causing blurry vision,
glare and rings of light known as halos — often at night and while driving.
This is a common condition known as cataracts.

Cataracts affect more than
20.5 million
Americans over 401
of people have cataracts or have
had them removed by the age of 802
50%
Surgery Removes Cataracts
95%
3 million
cataract surgeries are performed
in the U.S. each year3

That makes it one of the
most common surgeries3

of cataract surgery patients in the
U.S. experienced improved vision4
In a Telephone Survey by AARP and Alcon of
1,000 Randomly Selected AARP Members5:

Only 2 in 5

cataract patients plan to have surgery in the next two years

44%

of cataract patients put off surgery because their vision is “fine for now”

14%

of cataract patients say they are “fearful,” “scared” or “afraid”
of surgery

But the truth is:

4 out of 5

people who underwent cataract surgery said the experience was easier than they expected

2 out of 3

said surgery was not painful

Don’t Let Cataracts Darken Your World

90%

75%

of people over 50
say independence is
extremely important

of people over 50 say they
want to overcome their
cataracts in order to better
enjoy daily activities

90%

of people over 50 drive, and most say they’d miss being behind the wheel more than anything else as their eyesight diminished

54%

of those surveyed
drive every day

82%

of those surveyed
drive at night

Results You Can See

said they were less dependent on glasses for distance vision after surgery

2 out of 3

were surprised by how
much improvement they
experienced with their vision

2 IN 3

said they can read better (with or without glasses) after surgery

82%

said cataract
surgery made it
easier to drive

93%

said they can
see distant road
signs better

85%

of patients say surgery
addressed all or most
problems
they experienced
before their cataracts
were removed

88%

said they’d definitely
recommend cataract
surgery
to their friends
and family

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